The film and the legend


This original Ladin film is the result of the collaboration between Susy Rottonara (from La Ila in Badia valley), Roland Verra (from Urtijëi in Gherdëina valley) -head of the Ladin schools in the province of Bolzano-and Hans Peter Karbon (from S.Cristina in Gherdëina valley) and has its source in a deep-rooted passion for the mountains and for the tradition of Ladin legends.

The story in the film is based on one of the most fascinating and complex legendary tales in Ladin dolomitic tradition, that is the legend about the mythic Reign of Fanes.

Today Fanes is referred to a wonderful plateau surrounded by imposing mountains between Val Badia and Ampëz and is undoubtedly one of the most beloved walking routes by mountaineers. In the legend Fanes isn't only referred to this area, but to a larger, not clearly defined one because of the many conquests achieved by the people living there, called Fanes too.

The film has its roots in the classic version of the legend told in the Ladin folk tales and shows a symbolic-mystic revision mixed with realistic elements to achieve specific
dramaturgic aims. Moreover there is a particular accent on theatralicality of many characters.

The critical analysis of this very interesting legend focuses on the missing of direct written sources. In fact this legend was told orally for centuries and consequently got under the influence of various cultural elements. Wolff's writings are based on a collection of oral sources in Ladin dolomitic vallies and show the presence of stratified cultural traditions, especially the influence of medieval courtly lyrics. Therefore studies on the legend are quite complicated as a direct philological analysis can't be made because of the missing of written primary sources. Dealing with this tale isn't possible without considering the various hypothesis expressed on it by different critics, conscious of being examining a legendary and not a historical plot.

The plot shown in the film represents the central theme of the longing for increasing power of the king of Fanes, who spoils human relations, causes the fall of his realm and even the death of his daughter, the warrior-princess Dolasila.

The figures are in part realistic -the king and the queen of Fanes, Dolasila and Lujanta, Ey de Net, the prince of the Cajutés and many extras- and in part supernatural -the sorcerer Spina de Mul, the witch Tsicuta, the Mjanines (a kind of nymphs), the Salvans (wild people),the gnomes and the flaming eagle.
FANES – The Musical Poem of the Dolomites



- Press releases
- Press release for press conference 14/09/2011
- Review by PhD Davide Bondoni
Pictures of the event under “Cultural Association Fanes”

Fanes – The Musical Poem of the Dolomites
Premiere in the year of the declaration of the Dolomites UNESCO world natural heritage (2009)

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